The Lion and The Lamb, a hugely successful musical play originally created by John Kani and Barney Simon, comes back after a decade to open the festive season at the Market Theatre from Friday, 22 November – Sunday, 22 December 2019. John Kani will reprise his leading role in a performance that will see the telling of the biblically-based story of Christ’s life brought vibrantly to life on stage in the John Kani Theatre.

Multi award winning director, James Ngcobo, will, for the first time, direct John Kani in his role as the main narrator in what promises to be an exhilarating reimagined production. Jazz and gospel powerhouse, Nokukhanya Dlamini, who was part of the original production comes back in her role as lead singer.

The Lion and the Lamb is based on one of the greatest stories ever told. It is the journey of Jesus the child, the boy, the man and Jesus the son of God. It is a story for everyone young and old. The production was last produced by the Market Theatre in 2009 and received much critical acclaim.

The narrative will be accompanied by a collage of traditional Gospel songs and songs from the International Gospel Songbook. Songs that are familiar to churchgoers and that celebrate the musical prowess of the country have been carefully chosen to accompany and underscore the stories from the parables. Some songs will be a direct extension of the stories.

John Kani will be supported by some of South Africa’s best voices – Nokukhanya Dlamini, Gugu Shezi and Nomfundo Dlamini. There will also be the highly acclaimed Lerato Gwebu, Lerato Mvelase, the singing sensation, Itumeleng Tshabane, and the brilliant guitarist, Avril Mkansi. They will all be backed by a four piece band under the musical directorship of the renowned musician, Tshepo Mngoma. In addition, the production will include a stunning set and accompanying visuals.

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083 246 4950, Magret Charova 011 832 1641 ext 326/ 079 656 2340 and Jabulisile Mofolo 011 832 1641 ext 204/ 083 203 0531